Taking the Plunge – Annual Turkey Plunge fundraiser called the 'ultimate bonding experience'

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LACONIA — The annual Turkey Plunge in support of the good works of the local Salvation Army will take place this Saturday, Nov. 18, at Opechee Park in downtown Laconia.

Past experience from the previous 12 plunges indicates that this event can be the ultimate bonding experience for teams of employees, school classmates and church/civic organizations.

“Participating in the Plunge each year with a bunch of my co-workers is a great way to bond as a team in support of the Salvation Army and it carries over to our workplace throughout the year” said 12-time Plunger Mark Emery of UPS.

“Mark is correct when discussing the bonding that builds teamwork through the Plunge” added Capt. Scott McNeil of the Salvation Army, himself a lead plunger. “And we encourage businesses, school clubs and churches to enter a team in this year’s Plunge to forge the same types of bonds that UPS, Patrick’s Pub, T-Bones, the Ballard House, Bank of New Hampshire, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Laconia Middle School staff and others have done.”

While the emphasis may be on teams plunging, McNeil was quick to add that any individual is welcome to take the Plunge  Saturday. Registration forms are available at www.salvationarmynh.org/plunge or by calling the Salvation Army office on Union Avenue at 524-1834. Gates open at 11 a.m. at Opechee Park with Plunge costume judging, warm-up exercises and team introductions.

The general public is invited to attend this free fun-filled family event.

Once again, WEMJ radio personality Pat Kelly will handle the announcing tasks and urge the crowd to cheer on the participants.

The public is also invited to the delicious luncheon immediately after the Plunge, provided by well-known area restaurants and catered by the Culinary Arts students of Lakes Region Community College starting at 12:30 p.m. for a $5 donation, across the street from Opechee Park at the Boys and Girls Club.

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An exuberant UPS Team Brown thanks its supporters at last year’s Turkey Plunge. (Courtesy photo)

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It's officially called the Turkey Plunge, but this group of penguin plungers participated last year. They all worked at the Bank of New Hampshire. (Courtesy photo)

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Last year's Turkey Plunge raised just over $10,000 for the Lakes Region Salvation Army. (Courtesy photo)

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You don't have to wear a costume to participate in the Plunge, but it seems to help. Last year, groups from Patrick's Pub, UPS, NH Mutual Bankcorp, Laconia High School, Laconia Middle School and T-Bones/Cactus Jack's were among the participants. (Courtesy photo)